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A very UNIQUE Feature!!

I’m feeling particularly proud today! I’ve been featured as solo artist in Artists of Still Life, as well as FEATURED ARTIST on their front page. This in itself is great, but what is so wonderful is that Artists of Still Life is the first group EVER to also do a feature for me in my home language, Afrikaans. The link, in Afrikaans! is on their HomePage, but you can also view it HERE in their Forum.

Thank you so much to Sentimentum, hostess of “Artists of Still Life”, for this wonderful honour and for going to an immense amount of trouble in putting these wonderful pages together!!

'n Slag vir Afrikaans!

Ek voel besonders trots vandag! Ek is aangewys as solo erkende kunstenaar, asook erkende kunstenaar, in die group Artists of Still Life en verskyn op hulle voorblad, soos dit gewoonte is. Maar wat dit besonders maak, as dat hierdie groep die eerste groep ooit is op RB om my ook erkenning in Afrikaans te gee! Die skakel is op hul voorblad, IN AFRIKAANS!, maar julle kan dit HIER besigtig in hulle Forum. En daar is ook ’n $20 voucher verbonde aan hierdie erkenning, holladriehoe!!

Thank you so much to Sentimentum, hostess of “Artists of Still Life” for this wonderful honour!

How To Create As Easily As You Breathe...

How easy do you find it to create? Does your creative energy flow like the breath of a Buddhist meditating on a mountain top? Or is it more like a heavy smoker wheezing after a brisk run on a cold morning? Here are 5 steps to being able to create as easily and as naturally as possible:

Create every day
When you create erratically or only when you have time, you never allow yourself to get into a flow. Imagine breathing only once every 30 seconds, then holding your breath for 15, then inhaling a few short breaths, then holding it again for 10 seconds. This kind of stuttered and irregular breathing would make you anxious and highly strung! So create in the same steady and regular way you breathe. Start with creating every day for a minimum of 15 minutes, then build up slowly to creating more…

Dating your art: How important is it?

29th April 2011 – FEATURED in The Weekly Wrap

I received a comment on one of my works the other day, saying how ‘brave’ I am to ‘deface’ my work with my name and date details I put on it. I was a bit taken aback, as it’s a habit I’ve been practising for years, way back to my child-hood, and probably stemming from my habit of journaling. My reply was tongue-in-cheek that I didn’t think ANY piece of art was so important that it couldn’t be ‘defaced’ by some writing, there’s nothing that’s been done that can’t be done again!

Then a couple of weeks ago I came upon this article at ArtBizBlog and I’ve never thought of it as such, but dating your work actually does make sense…

“Dating your artw…

I'm SO honoured, thank you! 11th Apr 2011

11th April 2011

A wonderful day today, cool weather, the bluest skies you can imagine and FEATURED ARTIST in ALL THINGS COFFEE ! Life could just not be any better! And what makes this so special, is the beautiful Featured Artist Page Pat Gamwell has put together. It has made me feel so special and I’m in awe to have been honoured in this way. It definitely is a highlight in my year I’ve been with RB and will treasure it always. Thank you once again Pat, I know all the hard work that went into putting this together!


Caffé Latte – My daily fix!


Ideas begin to move with Coffee


Be a coffee-drinking individual – Espresso yourself!


Coffee vintage Roses


Charred landscape


The Crow and the Butterfly


Painted Dog


Cocky Rooster


Dance the Tide


Scattered Daisy leaves


Now THAT would be pe

Enjoying Bubble Collections!

Who else has already organised their COLLECTIONS on their profile page? Elizabeth Kendall and myself have spent almost the entire day grouping our works into various portfolios – what an EXTREMELY wonderful time we’ve been having!

After setting up some portfolios, discovering that that’s not what we want, deleting the lot, sending one another bubbleMails, finding out that I can just EDIT the name and delete by dragging and dropping the images to the bottom of the page, starting over again and re-doing the whole lot, eventually we got it to be to our satisfaction. And after ALL that, to find out that there’s a tutorial available! lol! Didn’t need it after having a most enjoyable time testing and re-testing and re-testing and dragging and dropping and finding …

Ending 2010 with a BIG BANG!

31st December 2010

We’re at the end of 2010 and it feels just like the other day when we entered the 21st Century, worried about whether our computers and all the networks were going to crash or not! And what a wonderful year it has been here on RB! Friends, features, camaraderie, learning curves, inspiration, you name it, I found it here!

I’m NOT going to be boring you with posting almost 200 images of features here, but will just say that November was a good month, with 97 features and December delivered 99 features, ending with 10 features on this last day of 2010! A beautiful end to a wonderful year!

I would just like to thank the hosts of all the groups for their hard work and dedication and for making RB such a wonderful place to share our art and inspiration! A specia

I couldn't find myself this morning! 27/10/2010

What a (lovely?) surprise this morning when I opened my RB Bookmark, set on “Mybubble – BubbleSite”, from where I would normally click on “MyBubble” and reach my default activity feed – I was faced with a total stranger! And I couldn’t find myself! It took me a while to figure out that “Maree Clarkson” is where I’d find myself (duh, blond I am!) and then it took another 5 minutes to find my “Featured in a Group” (yes, that’s the first place I look every morning!). Then I saw a (small!) red number 1 next to my name and received a panicky BM from Liz, “Where are you?! I can’t find you!!”, and since then we’ve rolled around on the floor a couple of times, laughing!

It didn’t take me …

RB HomePage Feature and 27 Features for the week! 16-22 Aug 2010

Just when I thought things couldn’t get better than last week when I had 33 Features, plus being one of the SPOTLIGHT ARTISTS in Artists of Redbubble, this week I’ve been honoured with a HomePage Feature on RedBubble for my artwork The Cold Mountain, shown below.

Natalie (the RB Community Manager) says, in my BubbleMail,

“Hi Maree,
Take a deep breath – your work is on the RedBubble homepage today. One of our homepage curators picked your image because they thought it was brilliant. Less than 3 in a thousand works make it onto the homepage – so that’s a good enough reason to feel pretty proud!”

Wow! That’s totally awesome! Thank you Natalie!

I’m also very thankful for the 27 features I’ve received from various groups from last Monday, the 16th Aug…